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Flying To Seattle With American Airlines

See the best of the Emerald City when you book one of American Airlines' flights to Seattle. Ascend to the top of the once-futuristic Space Needle, sample goods at one of America's oldest public marketplaces, and check out sculptures by the picturesque waterfront when you fly to Seattle with American Airlines.

Get lost in the Pike Place Market

Home to the first location of Starbucks, dating to 1971, the market might be more famous for Pike Place Fish, where you can watch the fishmongers let fly with their product in well-timed choreography. Great places to eat right nearby include Etta's Seafood and the French-inspired Café Campagne.

Explore the Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum

Paul Allen's West Coast answer to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jimi Hendrix may have inspired the museum's creation, but it offers much more than that. Step on a stage to jam, look at famous guitars, and hear artists narrate their careers via videos. The iridescent, rippled Frank Gehry buiding is a draw on its own.

Admire public art with the family at Olympic Sculpture Park

A waterfront offshoot of the worthy Seattle Art Museum – and a free one. Besides works by Claes Oldenburg and Louise Nevelson, its signature piece is Alexander Calder's swooping red The Eagle, whose curves and color still imply movement. After all, Calder was the inventor of the mobile.

Go underground in Pioneer Square for a look at Seattle's history

Bill Speidel's Underground Tour gives a real sense of city's early days—most of its remnants were destroyed in a fire. Meet at Doc Maynard's Public House to descend into the subterranean storefronts of old saloons and seamy nightclubs. Later, check out the lively galleries and clubs above ground.

Ride the monorail to the Space Needle

The 605-foot-high Needle is the city's most prominent landmark – seen in movies from the Parallax View to Sleepless in Seattle – and an ascent to the top is almost essential for visitors. The monorail, which drops you nearby, is a cheap, fun way to see the city center.

Book your flight to Seattle with American Airlines today to see some of Seattle's best attractions.

More Things to Do in Seattle

Follow American Airlines off the beaten path to discover more great things to do in Seattle. Hit the coolest neighborhoods for unique shops, cafés, restaurants and nightlife, marvel at the engineering feat of the Ballard Locks and head out to Mount Rainier for great outdoor activities—whatever the season. American will be with you every step of the way.

Shop and café hop in hip Fremont

This funky neighborhood, filled with public art like the Fremont Troll and Waiting for the Interurban, is the Seattle of popular imagination. Streets are lined with singular boutiques such as Les Amis, uber-cool record store Jive Time, and coffeehouses such as Fremont Coffee Company and Caffe Ladro, where you can while away the hours over an espresso.

Hike, bike or ski Mount Rainier

The snow-capped beauty at the center of its eponymous national park. Just a couple hours away from Seattle – and one of the city's favorite postcard images – Mount Rainier is an adventurer's playground, with alpine lakes, wildflower-strewn meadows, crashing falls, and a mix of easy and strenuous trails. Make sure to check on weather accessibility before heading out.

Watch salmon run at the Hiram G. Chittenden Locks

It doesn't offer fast action, but this contraption, which allows boats to move between the saltwater and freshwater bodies that meet, has a hypnotic fascination. The chance to see a close up of salmon passing back and forth, too, via the fish ladder, is even more enticing.

Wander Volunteer Park Conservatory

Designed by the Olmsted Brothers and built in 1912. A classic Victorian public glasshouse, it's full of palms, tropical ferns, orchids and seasonal floral displays. It's also home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the old water tower, which offers views from its 75-foot-high observation deck. Neighboring Capitol Hill affords great browsing in its shops and attractive architecture.

Spend an evening in Belltown, Seattle's best area for food and nightlife

Start off with high-end seafood at the Dahlia Lounge or savory burgers at Two Bells Bar & Grill. Then catch a set at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley or Tula's, clubs that prove the city's music scene is more than just the birthplace of grunge.

Book a flight to Seattle with American Airlines today to discover more things to do in Seattle.

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